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Graphic illustration of the great white whale, Moby Dick
Keith Chaffee, November 11, 2018

On November 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States.


U. S. participants facing off in opening of chess tourney, Samuel Reshevsky and Robert J. (Bobby) Fischer. July 16, 1966.
Keith Chaffee, November 05, 2018

On November 9, the World Chess Championship match begins in London. Magnus Carlsen, the reigning champion since 2013, will defend his title against Fabiano Caruana in a 12-game match.


Keith Emerson at his keyboard in concert at Nearfest 2006
Keith Chaffee, November 02, 2018

Keith Emerson was born on November 2, 1944. Emerson was a composer and keyboard player who was, as a member of several different bands, a major figure in the progressive rock movement of the late 1960s and 1970s.


Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde
Sheryn Morris, November 01, 2018

The TV serialization of two novels, Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies, has brought attention to a new crop of novels. They are edgy, psychological, thriller, suspense stories with distinct characteristics.


collage of movie posters
Elizabeth Graney, November 01, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


Collage of Dick Francis with his horse and a steeplechase tournament
Keith Chaffee, October 29, 2018

Dick Francis was born on October 31, 1920. Francis was a mystery writer with a very specific subject; he wrote more than 40 novels, all of them set against the backdrop of horse racing.


Photo of Mahalia Jackson singing
Keith Chaffee, October 26, 2018

Mahalia Jackson was born on October 26, 1911. Jackson was a gospel singer, a towering presence in the genre whose popularity extended to mainstream audiences. In the 1950s and 1960s, she devoted much of her time to civil rights activism.


Law symbols - Scales of Justice, Pie for Plaintiff, and Delta for Defendant
Sheryn Morris, October 24, 2018

Many people have felt like screaming at lawyers—their own, or someone else’s. A major problem for non-lawyers is communication.


Photo of author Debbie Macomber
Keith Chaffee, October 22, 2018

Debbie Macomber was born on October 22, 1948. Macomber is the author of more than 150 novels; she primarily writes romance and women's fiction.


Weird Al Yankovic
Keith Chaffee, October 19, 2018

Musical comedians don't tend to have long careers. Political satirist Tom Lehrer retired after about a decade; folk-singer parodist Allan Sherman's moment in the spotlight lasted for two years.


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